Wainwright stays off mound, throws off ground

Wainwright stays off mound, throws off ground

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ahead of most pitchers because of how early he began his throwing program, Adam Wainwright stayed off the mound on Sunday and instead threw on flat ground.

That's no red flag, however, as Wainwright is scheduled to throw another session of live batting practice on Tuesday. Based on how advanced he is already, Wainwright could conceivably be ready to pitch in Grapefruit League games after that session. But the Cardinals don't open Grapefruit League play until six days later on March 5.

The Cardinals are leaving Wainwright's schedule flexible so that it can be adjusted based on how he feels. That means that Wainwright could bridge that gap by throwing another side session or another round of live batting practice.

As pitching coach Derek Lilliquist stated, "There is wiggle room."

Wainwright, who is about a year removed from Tommy John surgery, continues to feel no limitations.